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It is confirmed that the New Lantao Bus Gemilang bodied MAN featured in yesterday's news is a standard diesel bus, with the same mechanical specification as the SMRT demonstrator and KMB versions.

   
These two resin Northern Counties bodied Dennis Darts from Automodel have recently been released.
   
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The first features Kowloon Motor Bus AA46 (GL9435) on route 216M and is limited to 90 pieces (36617)
   

 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

The second features a plain white version and this is limited to 99 pieces (36619).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ken Hui

A second former New World First Bus Rickshaw Bus Olympian has now been transferred to the Citybus fleet. Former VA54 (HN8897) is now fleet no. 23 and carries this 'vintage' livery.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dinky

To mark the imminent cessation of China Motor Bus free shuttle bus service in North Point, two preserved Dennis Darts plied the same route yesterday. Former KCRC/MTR 501, now in demonstator livery heads Citybus liveried 1488, a Carlyle bodied example.
28th June 2015

   
Released in Hong Kong today is the Kowloon Motor Bus BACo bodied Daimler Fleetline from Cars Workshop. It features D964 (BP6903) on route 30 to Jordan Road Ferry and is limited to 1,600 pieces (39903).



Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Chua (buses[IN]gapore!) @ http://busesingapore.blogspot.com

My thanks to Mark Chua who has sent me several photographs of this Gemilang bodied MAN A95 for New Lantao Bus, on delivery to Hong Kong via Singapore from Gemilang. It is believed the bus is likely to be shipped very soon.


Meanwhile, back in the UK, two former Hong Kong buses were seen in differing roles earlier this week......
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
 
Big Bus London Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Condor, in the updated livery, was formerly New World First Bus, and China Motor Bus, DL42 (EJ2225).
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers
   
Meanwhile Dave Roger's former Citybus Leyland Olympian 102 was used last night as his sons' prom bus last night, taking him and his prom date to the event, and transporting his friends afterwards to the after prom party!
27th June 2015

   
China Motor Bus has announced the cessation of the North Point circular service as from 1st July. The notice reads 'ISLAND PLACE FREE SHUTTLE BUS ROUND TRIP SERVICE - FROM NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO ISLAND PLACE - Please be informed that the above service will be ceased from 1 July 2015 onwards'.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

New World First Bus 2604 is one of two Youngman single-deckers (the other is 2607) to recently enter service and it was noted today operating on route 27.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Pietro Yeung

And for completeness, these night shots of 2607 on route 82 were taken yesterday evening.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

The new Discovery Bay Wrights Gemini 2 was noted undergoing testing yesterday.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Michael Yip

Former New World First Bus Olympian VA51 is pictured above, having lost its Rickshaw Bus decals and having gained Citybus fleetnames and fleet no. 22.

   
My thanks to Watt Yung, Grant Ng Kwok Kuen, Pietro Yeung and Michael Yip for kindly allowing me to use their excellent photos.
24th June 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Further details of the Kowloon Motor Bus BACo bodied Fleetline have now been received along with several photographs. The model, set for release on Saturday, features D964 (BP6903) on route 30 to Jordan Road Ferry and is limited to 1,600 pieces (39903).


Detailed below are the 1/150 scale releases mentioned in yesterday's news:-
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

RSM15003 - D141 (HK4342 ) on route 3


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

RSM15004 -


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

RSM15005 -


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

RSM15006 -


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

RSM15007 -

21st June 2015

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

These two Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler E types have been released in Hong Kong today. Produced by Cars Workshop, both feature AD7286 in a 'Clean Hong Hong' overall livery - one version (38405) is on route 102 to Lai Chi Kok whilst the second (38406) is on route 3C to Tsz Wan Shan. Each version is limited to 500 pieces.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis

I am grateful to Dennis for providing photographs of the 'HK2gather' liveried Wrights Gemini 2 (see News 14th May) from Roadshow Creations (KLE15005). A new page and further photographs have now been added.

   
   
The new Kowloon Motor Bus BACo bodied Daimler Fleetline is set for release next Saturday (27th June).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The above MTR 1/87 scale model was issued to staff on 15th June and is now on general release. Produced by 80M it is limited to 2,750 pieces and features train E201, coach D201. I am grateful to Kevin K for providing this additional information and further photos will be added as soon as time allows.


A number of 1/150 scale model buses are also set for release on 27th June, these include a KMB Daimler 'A' with Birmingham style front, a KMB Daimler 'A' traditional style front, a Long Win Enviro500, a KMB Leyland Victory Mk 2 and a KMB Wrights Gemini. Again further details will be added as soon as time allows.
20th June 2015

   
Buses Model Co. has announced on its Facebook page that it is soon to release a new casting. Similar to the announcement of the MCW Metrobus back in September last year, pixelated images of the rear of a China Motor Bus vehicle are shown and it is assumed the image will become clearer in time.

 
New World First Bus has today registered what is believed to be its first Youngman single-decker - fleet no. 2604 is registered TL7840.


Work and other commitments have meant there has been little time to upload the numerous photos and information visitors to the site have sent me - I hope to restore normality as soon as possible and will, in the meantime, continue to upload important items of news.
19th June 2015

   

Released in Hong Kong today is this 'shop2gather.com' liveried KMB Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL, fleet no. AVBWU311. On route 101 to Kwun Tong (Yue Man Square) the model is limited to 888 pieces (KLE15006). I hope to add a new page and further photographs shortly.
16th June 2015

 
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
MOC Group

My thanks to MOC Group for allowing me to share the above photographs of the new Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL for DBay.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Simon Tse

My thanks to Simon Tse for allowing me to share his excellent photo entitled 'ADL New Generation'
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae
 
And for comparison, this excellent shot by Donald MacRae, taken at Mei Foo in November 2008.
14th June 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Two previously unannounced models are set for imminent release. Both feature Kowloon Motor Bus AEC Regent V AD7123 carrying road safety advertising. The top image shows one version on route 9 to Star Ferry (38107A) whilst the lower one shows the second on route 12 to Jordan Road Ferry (38108). Products of Cars Workshop, each version is limited to 500 pieces. 


 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Following the announcement on 29th April that Model 1 were to produce a diecast model of China Motor Bus Jit Luen bodied Volvo B6LE, VC1, It is confirmed that a New Lantao version, featuring HU 2986 on route 37 will also be issued. The release date is expected to be in August. The CMB model is limited to 700 pieces whilst the NLB model will be 888 pieces.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Man Fai Wong

An interesting arrival!
13th June 2015

 

The second set of Marlboro liveried Dennis Dragons from Best Choose have been released, both featuring 3N122 on route 89C, but with differing destinations (180106
and 180107). The decals for these models differ from the first two models released (180104 and 180105) and further photographs will be added shortly.
13th June 2015

 

The release date, and price, is confirmed!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Chung

Registered today was New World First Bus Enviro500NG 5615. Meanwhile KMB registered a further eight such vehicles today.
11th June 2015

 
Confirmation that three further Kowloon Motor Bus models are set for release shortly.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

The first is 11-metre Dennis Dragon AD336, with banner adverts marking the end of the class.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Lee Tin Yau

The second is Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU311 in 'Shop2gather.com' all over advertising.


And finally, an unidentified Daimler Fleetline.
10th June 2015

A new record was created in Hong Kong today when Kowloon Motor Bus registered a further batch of Alexander Dennis Enviro500NGs - the class now consists of 545 buses, beating the previous largest class of KMB's Leyland Victory Mk2s, which totalled 540.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Former China Light and Power Leyland Olympian 313 appeared at the Southdown 100 event on Sunday and looked immaculate in the attractive livery of Xelabus.
9th June 2015

   
In my absence details of several new releases have been received and these are summarised as follows:-


Model 1 will release two versions of New World First Bus hybrid E500NG fleet no 5600 - one on route 8 to Wan Chai Ferry (63306/20046) and the other on route 8 to Heng Fa Chuen (63307/20047) - both are limited to 1,444 pieces

Model 1 will also release two models featuring the two Citybus hybrid E500NGs - fleet no 8400 is on route 969 to Tin Shui Wai  (63308/CM100) whilst fleet no. 8401 is on route 5B to Causeway Bay (63309/CM101) - both are limited to 1,889 pieces.

Bus80 will release two versions of Citybus Cityflyer E500NG fleet no. 8038, one on route A12 Airport (CM098) and the second on route A29 to Tseung Kwan O (CM099) - each is limited to 1,200 pieces.

I am also reliably informed Best Choose will release two further Marlboro liveried Dennis Dragons shortly, both on route 89C - one with a destination of Kwun Tong Tsui Ping Road (18106) and the other with a destination of Heng On (18107).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Kenneth Lai

New World First Bus has registered two of its new Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs - 4501 being the first, on 22 May and 4500 (TK8211) a week later on 29 May. Further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of David Chung

Spotted undergoing testing on 4th June was this New World First Bus Youngman single-decker.
8th June 2015
        
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